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Dec. 17, 2021
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New Chain Cartoon Caption Contest!

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New Report: Understanding WMS in the Cloud 2021



Lessons Learned as the Number of Cloud WMS Deployments Accelerate



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Supply Chain Graphic
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US Freight Cost Hikes may be Slowing

This Week's Supply Chain Numbers

Inflation at the Wholesale Level is Soaring
Kellogg Now Hiring Replacement Workers
Air Cargo Rates are at Record Highs

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Dec 8, 2021 Contest

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 This Week's SCDigest OnTarget Newsletter

Cartoon, Top SCDigest Stories of the Week


5 Steps to Reduce Your Risk of a Ransomware Attack

Security is a Journey, Not a Destination


Who Is Hit Hardest by Supply Chain Woes Over the Holidays?
Acknowledging and Addressing the Growing Strain on Supply Chain Workers

How Predictive Analytics Have Changed Supply Chain


How to Adopt and Perfect a Customized Lean Approach to Baseline Creation Using a Proven 4-Step Model



Brian Jaenke

Director of Continuous Improvement

LandrumHR Workforce Solutions

Maximizing ROI and Value Through Supply Chain Visibility


Reduce Risk, Enhance Efficiency

Steve Shebuski

VP of Digital Strategey
Blue Horseshoe

How many fulfillment centers does Amazon have in the US?
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Twas the Night Before a Supply Chain Christmas 2021

I first wrote a supply chain version of the Clement Moore classic poem "Twas the Night Before Christmas" our very first year in 2003.

I run it every other year or so. This year, I added some signifcant tweaks, in view of the crazy year we have experienced 2021.

Hope you like it.




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Twas the night before Christmas, and I was alone in the DC.
Not much inventory left - we forecast right, I can see.

Our performance reports were hung by the office with care,
And it looked like 2021 bonuses soon would be there.

As VP of Supply Chain, the buck stops right here.
But I would say got through this strange crazy year.

Now the job's never easy - for me or my team.
But this year's challenges were as great as I've ever seen!

The extreme variability in supply and demand,
Still you just have to execute no matter what you had planned.

The reported labor shortage was clearly quite real,
Despite pay hikes and signing bonuses to sweeten the deal.

And the need for supply chain resilience hit us right in the face,
As disruption and spikes became commonplace.

So we're re-optimizing our network for whatever is next,
Both to lower our costs, and to give us more flex.

Please don't get me started about port congestion -
The dwell time at LA/Long Beach was beyond comprehension.

And Omnichannel, my goodness, I need a magic wand
With spells to keep our company from being Amazon'ed.

As I pondered our tough year, there quick arose such a sound,
I feared a tall bay of reserve rack had just fallen down!

I jumped into my Cushman, raced past each and every dock door,
Towards the back of the DC - what would I find on the floor?

But as I swung round bulk storage, I saw I had nothing to dread,
For there sat St. Nick, on a new Crown truck, green and red.

The red matched his bright suit, which could not have been finer,
Though a small tag in the back did say "Made in China."

He was hanging some stockings from the racking's first beam,
And I could see on each one the names of my team.

On a pallet nearby sat a large sack, which he grabbed with a laugh,
And I wondered what Santa could have in store for my staff.

He said, "I brought you the gifts that will help you to achieve,
Supply chain excellence and agility in 2021, I believe.

"For your director of transportation, I think he will have luck,
If I pre-order for him a new electric Tesla Semi truck.

"For your planning team, real-time demand visibility,
And a new IBP process to drive much greater agility.

"For your inventory group, I can remove much of their pain,
Through true optimization across every echelon in the chain.

"For your DC manager, a mobile robot fleet,
For order picking productivity that cannot be beat.

"For you, a new dashboard, with all the metrics you want,
So you can see by the second who's performing, and who's not!"

Then he paused for a second, and put a finger to his lips,
Reached in his bag, and pulled out a fistful of chips.

"And the greatest gift of all, as I'm sure you'll agree,
Is for everyone, everywhere - lots of RFID!"

He dropped the tags in the stockings, turned round with some flair,
Pushed a button on the Crown, and it took off in the air!

"Thank you Santa," I shouted, "These are really great tools!
But we'll need help to deploy them, configure business rules!"

Santa yelled back, "The value from tech is sometimes not resultant.
But my elves are just coders - better hire lots of consultants!"

And I heard him exclaim, as he floated high above,
"Yes supply chain's sure hard, but it's the business we love!"


So there you have it. You can access a pdf version here if you would like.

We're happily taking a couple of weeks off here relative to newsletters, but please keep tabs on the web site for the latest supply chain news. Thanks for another great year. You'll see many exciting new features in early 2022. See you next year!

Merry Christmas from Supply Chain Digest!

Did you enjoy Twas the Night Before a Supply Chain Christmas? Let us know your thoughts at the Feedback button (email) or section below.


On Demand Videocast:

Understanding Distributed Order Management

Highlights from the New "Little Book of Distributed Order Management"

In this outstanding Videocast, we'll discuss DOM, based on the new Little Book of Distributed Order Management, written by our two Videocast presenters.

Featuring Dan Gilmore, Editor along with Satish Kumar, VP Client Services, Softeon

Now Available On Demand

On Demand Videocast:

The Grain Drain: Large-Scale Grain Port Terminal Optimization

The Constraints and Challenges of Planning and Implementing Port Operations

This videocast will provide a walkthrough of two ways to formulate a MIP, present an example port, and discuss port operations.

Featuring Dan Gilmore, Editor along with Dr. Evan Shellshear, Head of Analytics, Biarri.

Now Available On Demand

On Demand Videocast:

A Blueprint for WMS Implementation Success

If You Want a Successful WMS Project, You will Find the Blueprint in this Excellent Broadcast

This videocast lays out the keys to ensuring your WMS implementation goes smoothly, involves minimal pain, and accelerates time to value.

Featuring Dan Gilmore, Editor along with Todd Kovi of Radix Consulting and Dinesh Dongre of Softeon.

Now Available On Demand


Feedback will return next week.

How many fulfillment centers does Amazon have in the US?

A: 305, according to MWVPL. That does not include other facilities like sort centers and delivery stations.

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